What is urethral stricture?
When a narrowing takes place in the urethra it is often referred to as a urethral structure. It is a condition found in males where the urethra that transmits urine to the penis suddenly becomes smaller. It can be caused by scar tissue or tissue inflammation, even a straddle injury can lead to this condition. A straddle injury may not necessarily mean a sexual injury but for example, falling off the bicycle or getting hit in the scrotum.A urethral structure can also be caused by a number of other reasons. For example, catheter insertion, pelvic fracture and prostate surgery. There are four types of urethral strictures.
- Iatrogenic - which is caused by medical treatment for a different condition
- Idiopathic – cause unknown
- Inflammatory – inflammation in the urethra
- Traumatic - injury that damages the urethra
- Weak flow of urine
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Pain during urination
- Urethral discharge
- Penile pain
- Blood in the urine